Svalbard: A Polar Bear Quest—Z

Ocean Adventurer Arctic Cruise Ship
Ocean Adventurer
132 Passengers
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Expedition Highlights
• Search for the Svalbard Archipelago’s legendary wildlife: seals, walrus, whales, Arctic foxes, and our ultimate goal—polar bears.
• Photograph dramatic landscapes including chiseled fjords, glittering glaciers, and lush tundra blazing with purple saxifrage and moss campion.
• Discover hundreds of thousands of breeding seabirds, including kittiwakes, guillemots, dovekies, puffins, and rare ivory gulls.
• Explore by Zodiac, kayak, and on foot to fully appreciate the varied landscapes of this wild, nearly uninhabited realm.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Day 2 Oslo, Norway
Day 3 Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark Ocean Adventurer
Days 4 to 12 Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago
Day 13 Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo
Day 14 Oslo / USA

Note: Dates include travel to/from USA which is not included in the listed trip rates.

Day 1 — Depart USA

Board your independent flight to Norway.

Day 2 — Oslo, Norway

Arrive in Oslo and transfer to our hotel. Lunch and the remainder of the day are at leisure to enjoy this fascinating and colorful city. Gather this evening for a welcome reception followed by dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 3 — Oslo / Longyearbyen / Embark Ocean Adventurer

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Longyearbyen. Explore this Arctic mining town and capital of Svalbard; the brightly colored buildings house a variety of small shops and restaurants, as well as the Svalbard Museum. Embark the Ocean Adventurer in the late afternoon.

Days 4 to 12 — Spitsbergen, Svalbard Archipelago

Spend nine days exploring the rugged coastline, spectacular narrow fjords, and offshore islands of Spitsbergen, the largest island of the Svalbard Archipelago. The primary goal is to locate wildlife, which is found here in abundance during the short summer season. Many varieties of seabirds nest in great profusion along the steep cliffs surrounding the islands. In addition to walrus haul-outs, bearded, ringed, and harp seals can be seen basking on ice floes. We also keep a watch out for polar bears. The nature of polar expeditions requires flexibility regarding the daily schedule of activities, and landings may be dependent on weather, tide, and ice conditions. Though specific stops are not guaranteed, the following are places visited on past expeditions:

Poolepynton — Part of Forlandet National, this area is known for great walrus viewing and photography. Though sightings are never guaranteed, this area is known as a popular haul-out for these lumbering giants. They often create quite a rowdy scene, as each walrus vies for a choice spot of coastline.

Liefdefjorden — Liefdefjorden is a dramatically scenic fjord, where rugged mountains rise from the permanent ice cap and Monaco Glacier spills into the sea at the deepest part of the waterway. Named for Prince Albert I of Monaco, a pioneer of oceanography, who led an expedition to Svalbard in 1906. His team used sophisticated photographic techniques to understand the shape and position of several glacier fronts, and the Monaco Glacier honors the expedition, and the prince. This is a favored feeding ground for thousands of kittiwakes, and whales and seals are also common sights.

Moffen Island — A small, atoll-like island just a few feet above sea level, Moffen is a protected walrus sanctuary. Photographic opportunities abound with these massive creatures hauled out on the gravel shores. Polar bears and the rare Sabine’s gulls may also be found on this island.

Lågøya Island — Zodiacs bring you to Lågøya to search for the elusive polar bear, which has been spotted hunting here in the past.

Hinlopen Strait — Glaciers, chiseled fjords, and icebergs hallmark this desolate and exquisitely beautiful region. Board Zodiacs to watch for, and photograph, bearded, harp, and ringed seals.

Alkefjellet — These impressive, sheer basalt cliffs are a haven for breeding seabirds. Tens of thousands of Brünnich’s guillemots (thick-billed murres) raise their young here, as well as glaucous gulls and kittiwakes. Keep an eye out for opportunistic Arctic foxes hunting for eggs at the base of the cliffs.

Phippsoya Island — At the far northern edge of the Svalbard Archipelago, Phippsoya Island boasts a classic High Arctic environment—a barren, rocky landscape with some coastal plains, but otherwise mountainous, with steep slopes. The lowlands support mostly lichens mosses, some of which are quite colorful, and small patches of Svalbard poppy and saxifrage are scattered among the jumble of rocks. There are also small colonies of seabirds including Atlantic puffins, dovekies, and rare ivory gulls.

Edgeøya Island — Edgeøya is the third largest island in the Svalbard Archipelago and home to large herds of reindeer, which in turn supports a healthy population of predators, including polar bears.

Day 13 — Longyearbyen / Disembark / Oslo

Disembark this morning in Longyearbyen, with free time to explore on your own. After lunch at a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Oslo, with dinner and overnight at our hotel.

Day 14 — Oslo / USA

After breakfast, board your independent flight homeward.

Note: Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

* Itinerary may be subject to change

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$7,495Full$9,795Full$10,795Full$11,795Full$12,995Full$14,295Full$15,795Full$17,295Full$1,295 
Kayak
Charter Air: Reykjavik/Kangerlussuaq/Reykjavik
$4,395Full$5,695Full$6,295Full$6,895Full$7,595Full$8,295Full$9,195Full$10,095Full$1,695 
Kayak
Charter Air: Ottawa/Kangerlussuaq & Resolute/Ottawa
$9,695Limited$12,595Full$13,895Full$15,295Full$16,795Full$18,495 $20,295Full$22,295Limited$2,495 
Kayak
Charter Air: Ottawa/Resolute & Kangerlussuaq/Ottawa
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Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695, Snowshoe-Included, Hiking - Included. Adventure options must be pre-booked and paid for prior to start of the trip. Space is subject to availability. Kayaking is limited to 10 individuals. Some activities require experience.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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Single cabin prices are 1.7 times the cost of the appropriate twin-share prices listed above except for superior and above which are 2x the price listed above. If you are a solo traveler requesting to share a cabin note that Superior and above can not be shared.

Adventure Options: Kayaking - $695pp (for those who want to kayak during entire voyage & have previous experience) OR kayaking - $225pp (for those w/o experience who want to kayak one time during the voyage). Kayaking options are limited to 10 participants and must be pre-booked & paid, subject to availability at the time requested.

Snowshoeing & Hiking – Included and no pre-booking required.

All trips subject to possible fuel surcharge.

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   Owner's Suite
Located on the Bridge Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 290 sq. ft. (27 sq. m)
   Suite
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities and windows with exterior views. Cabin 403 has a bathtub/other Suites have shower stalls.
Averaging 215 sq. ft. (20 sq. m)
   Deluxe
Located on the Captain’s Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 160 sq. ft. (15 sq. m)
   Superior
Located on the Upper and Captain’s Decks. Two lower berths, private facilities, and windows with exterior views.
Averaging 142 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Window
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and two windows with exterior views.
Averaging 139 sq. ft. (13 sq. m)
   Main Deck Porthole
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 118 sq. ft. (11 sq. m)
   Lower Deck Twin
Located on the Lower Deck. Two lower berths, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 133 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)
   Triple
Located on the Main Deck. Two lower berths and one upper berth, private facilities, and a porthole with exterior views.
Averaging 128 sq. ft. (12 sq. m)